noun ar·son \ˈär-sən\

: the illegal burning of a building or other property : the crime of setting fire to something

Full Definition of ARSON

:  the willful or malicious burning of property (as a building) especially with criminal or fraudulent intent
ar·son·ist \-ist\ noun
ar·son·ous \-əs\ adjective

Examples of ARSON

  1. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but investigators suspect arson.
  2. The town has suffered a rash of arson attacks.
  3. The town has suffered a rash of arsons.

Origin of ARSON

Anglo-French arsoun, from ars, past participle of arder, ardre to burn, from Latin ardēre — more at ardor
First Known Use: circa 1680

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi

Rhymes with ARSON

ARSONOUS Defined for Kids


noun ar·son \ˈär-sən\

Definition of ARSON for Kids

:  the illegal burning of a building or other property


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